Posts tagged ‘beans’

February 21, 2019

Save Your RA Hands and Use a Pressure Cooker XL or Instant Pot


Canned goods certainly add weight to your grocery bags. Lugging them into the house can be an unnecessary challenge for those rheumatoid arthritis-ravaged hands.

My solution is to forego the canned goods as much as possible. Not only is it healthier, but there is less recycling involved.

I’ve written about the joys of using a pressure cooker to prepare chickpeas and beans in bulk.  It’s also very budget-friendly when you prepare beans and chickpeas this way.

I always had a certain amount of trepidation using the stove-top pressure cooker. I was sure it was going to be a thar-she-blows type scenario. It never was, thankfully! Now that I have the Power Pressure Cooker XL, I don’t have those fears.

I soak a big batch of dried chickpeas or beans overnight. The next day I rinse them and cook according to directions. When slightly cooled, I scoop them into small batches for freezing. These margarine containers are the perfect size for freezing. Since we don’t eat margarine, my mother-in-law supplies us with the containers.

If I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t buy the Instant Pot. It has a yoghurt setting, while the Power Pressure Cooker XL does not.

April 4, 2012

No Pressure Cooking

On Think P.C., I talk about doing what you can to protect and conserve your joints and energy.

I think that the investment of a pressure cooker augments that philosophy.

I enjoy not having to lug heavy cans of beans home from the store and into the house. I also enjoy not having to take the empty cans out for recycling. Since dried beans are cheaper than the canned versions, there’s also a savings to be had on my grocery bill. As a result, my pressure cooker has paid for itself.

I cook them up a big batches, which are then partitioned into containers for freezing.

What would you like tonight, dear? Bean salad, bean soup, bean casserole or bean brownies?

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